Our internal air quality can be affected by a range of gaseous contaminants, some of which may come in from the outside environment and others generated from within. Whether short-lived one-off episodes or more long term issues, the symptoms and concerns can be nonspecific, but dissatisfaction and customer complaints ranging from "funny smells" to illness can still result.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, fresh air supply was at the forefront of businesses' commitment to reducing the risk of the virus spreading within their workplaces. Driven by Government Guidance for Offices Factories and Labs, Carbon dioxide (CO2) is a key indication of ventilation rates and level of fresh air supply. Carbon dioxide is a gas we all add to our own environments.
In well maintained buildings with occupation densities and ventilation rates balanced there are rarely issues. Failure to consider such factors can lead to complaints of lethargy, headaches, stuffiness and even "too hot" temperature issues, all possible consequences individually or collectively from raised Carbon dioxide levels. However, more than ever, the monitoring of CO2 levels is deemed a critical control measure for monitoring the success of fresh air supply within your workplaces.
With our team of experienced auditors, we can quickly and competently assess your building environment to identify the prevailing air quality conditions and whether any influences from either within or around your premises are affecting it. In the vast majority of our work, we confirm conditions are good - which in itself will allay fears and help manage complaints - elsewhere we can help resolve actual issues quickly and effectively.
Using gas analyser technology or gas specific sensors, we can assess the quality of your air to match EH40 long and short term occupational exposure levels (OEL) or provide environmental trend analysis for the three main pollutant groups that could affect you.
With our buildings drawing air in from outside, any contaminants in that air will also be brought in. This in turn is influenced by your location, rural, urban or suburban and the proximity of your building and its air intake(s) to for example roads, factories or even restaurants. For some smells - like food - while causing annoyance they are rarely a health issue, for other potential contaminants such as carbon monoxide they can be very dangerous.
Within our buildings, processes and equipment can also generate specific contaminants, the production of ozone from some reprographic equipment is an example here. Various volatile organic compounds (VOC), formaldehyde and other contaminants can "off gas" from furniture, furnishings, glues, mastic and other building products. Particularly during refurbishment or building works these again can pose problems. These gases can be tested for you by a competent assessor, to give you a clear picture of your conditions within your workspace.